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    Some possible itineraries to kickstart your plans

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Travel is an intensely personal thing, and thankfully there is no 'one size fits all' solution. Each traveller needs to customise their itinerary to suit their available time, budget and personal interests, but starting with a blank sheet of paper can be an intimidating thing - especially for a city as large and complex as London - so here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing.

    What follows are a few suggestions for diverse attractions in certain areas that could be easily grouped together (if you're a purist, then just bear with some of the geographical liberties I've taken in my titles in order to make these itineraries accessible). This will probably be a 'work in progress', but hopefully it should help to kick start your planning process - just bear in mind that certain areas offer so much that you could easily occupy yourself for more than one day.

    KENSINGTON: Natural History Museum (including outdoor ice skating in winter), Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Albert Memorial, Royal Albert Hall (including a performance), Kensington Gardens (including the Diana Memorial Fountain, Diana Memorial Playground and Peter Pan statue), Kensington Palace

    WESTMINSTER: Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, London Aquarium, Florence Nightingale Museum, the Cenotaph,boat cruise on the Thames, Millenium Bridge, South Bank complex (including a performance)

    VICTORIA (can also be easily combined with Westminster): Buckingham Palace, The Mall, St James' Park, Westminster Cathedral, Victoria theatres (including a show)

    LEICESTER SQUARE: Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, stroll through Soho, Covent Garden, London Transport Museum, catch an iconic Routemaster bus down the Strand, West End theatres (including a performance)

    BLOOMSBURY: British Museum, stroll around the various squares in Bloomsbury including Russell Square, British Library, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, St Pancras Station, Kings Cross Station (including Platform 9¾), various bits of London University (University College London, University College Hospital, Birkbeck College, Senate House, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, School of Tropical Medicine)

    REGENTS PARK: Regents Park, wander around the Georgian squares, London Zoo, boat trip on the Regents Canal, Little Venice, Camden Lock Market (by boat)

    VENTURE NORTH: Highgate Cemetery, Highgate Village, Hampstead Heath (including open air swimming in the Hampstead Ponds), Kenwood House (including an open air concert in summer), Hampstead Village, Lords cricket ground, High Barnet, Hadley Common and Hadley Highstone, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross

    LOOK EAST: The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Katherine's Dock, Docklands, Canary Wharf, Greenwich and the Thames Barrier.

    GO WEST: Kew Gardens, Richmond, Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, Windsor

    Hopefully this has given you some food for thought, and with a little research, London will be your oyster (even if you opted for the Travelcard)! Happy planning!

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    Canary Wharf

    by csordila Written Feb 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Canary Wharf is located in the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs in the Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London. The West India Docks once formed part of the busiest port in the world. after the docks were closed in 1980 the British Government adopted various policies to stimulate the redevelopment of the area, including through the creation of the London Docklands Development Corporation in 1981 and granting the Isle of Dogs Enterprise Zone status in 1982. In 1987 the Canadian company Olympia and York agreed to construct a major office devepment on the Isle of Dogs, with construction commencing in 1988.

    London. Canary Wharf
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    Streets in London

    by adema29 Updated Dec 21, 2011

    Favorite thing: It was a surprise. Actually I was surprised that London has surprised me :)
    I was surprised that, instead of a big crowded modern city as I have expected, I have found here the crowds moving between centuries of history and architecture with such normal appearances.
    The old shaped taxis were shocking me, together with the birds moving free in St. James Park, the modern architecture “acting” behind the neo-classic heavy buildings…
    I believed that I shall shout something like “Hei people… open your eyes… we’re in Londonnnn!
    Look around for the corsairs descendants and the lavish gifts from the colonies!”
    Amazing crowd, Brits and Scots, Polish and Romanians, Indians, Africans, Arabs, Russians and Normans … all together coming and going from/to their small lives in the big capital or around in this small global village.

    Trafalgar Simbol of London In front of Buckingam Palace Street in London Nelson... the Amiral Nelson

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    Games of the XXX Olympiad

    by csordila Written Oct 31, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The games will be held in London, about 133 Nations will be participating, Sportsmen participating cca. 10,500 in 26 sports.
    Opening ceremony will be held on 27 July of 2012 in the Olympic Stadium
    London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.
    The Olympics prompted a redevelopment of many of the areas of London in which the games are to be held.
    Some of them are the Wembley Stadium, Wembley Arena, Wimbledon All England Club, Lord's Cricket Ground and Portland National Sailing Academy.

    An Arena under construction Olympics logo Olympics logos
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    Emergency Passport

    by Paris92 Written Oct 26, 2011

    Favorite thing: I know this sounds trite, but trust me--I spent a full day and a half calling photographers to see if they could take a picture that was the right size for an American passport which I needed when my passport was stolen. This was the only place I could find that would do it, although I'm sure there were other places.

    Devonshire Pharmacy
    215, Edgeware Road
    London, W2 1ES
    02074026134

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    STOPPED & SEARCHED BY THE POLICE

    by DAO Updated Jul 4, 2011

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    Favorite thing:
    What did I do wrong? Well I was unshaven and carrying a suspicious package. Also I walked away from the Police. At least that’s what they said. Actually I was carrying my hot noodles from a takeaway and looking for my train platform and a chair to sit and eat my hot noodles.

    STOP AND SEARCH is a Police power in the UK short of arrest. It was originally enacted as legislation to fight gun & knife crime. Take the weapons off the streets and less killings. Fair enough. Since 9/11 and the London Tube bombings and the searches have taken on increased importance. Now here is where the Labour government here has messed it up completely and made this a mockery and unproductive waste of valuable Police time in the war on terror.

    Thanks to the touchy feely Labour Party, the Police cannot PROFILE! So they have to stop middle class old white guys like me. They used to stop (a lot) of young black men in crime areas. Rather than refine their practices for over zealousness, they have to do so many searches of just about anybody. So old women of all shapes and colours get stopped. They don’t cause crime or terrorism. And since terrorist atrocities committed by young men of middle east/Asian backgrounds, they stop me. An American in America going to the airport on September 11th, 2001. Nice one.

    The OTHER stupid bit? Once they start, thanks to Labour, the Police CANNOT stop. They must complete the process!

    The senior Policemen of 3 who stopped me heard my accent, saw my noodles and instantly became friendly. Under the old rules, the 3 would have gone to look for young guys with similar backgrounds to the Tube bombers. Nope, paperwork. “Are you known to the Police?” barked the lady officer. “No” I said. “Do you want to be known by the Police?” cracked the senior officer. I liked that guy. Good sense of humour.

    By the way I am a “White –Other” at the end of the form. Your safety was compromised while 3 anti-terrorism officers did paperwork on me and my noodles. At least no one of a specific ethnic origin got their feelings hurt.

    (By the way I was detained by the Police the week before for taking a photo of the same noodle takeaway place!!!!!)

    DAO'S VERY LONG 'RAP' SHEET
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    London summer

    by Toshioohsako Updated Jun 18, 2011

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    Favorite thing: London summer is sometimes hot but it does stay so for long. It's weather is known for unpredictability. But people in this picture are enjoying the hot dry summer.

    Fondest memory: Too many people but very interesting monuments, nice restaurants and pubs. Streets are extremely crowded and the traffic is heavy. But still people come to London, why???

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    What ID to carry while in London

    by cochinjew Written Jun 6, 2011

    Favorite thing: While in London, there is no need to carry your passport on your person. If you are worried like the other poster said, keep a copy of your passport page with details with you and keep your passport in a safe place.

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    Do you speak English? . . . really?

    by Beausoleil Updated Feb 28, 2011

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    Favorite thing: You may think you speak English, but if you are from the USA, you speak American. There are differences besides the obvious accent. Try ordering chips in a cafe; you'll get french fries. Really want those chips, call them crisps and you will get them. Here are a couple of the more well-known translations from USA to UK English:

    truck is lorrie in England
    elevator is lift in England
    sweater is jumper in England
    french fries are chips in England
    potato chips are crisps in England

    I'll try to add to the list as I learn the language. Once in Scotland I had to have my husband translate for me . . . but that was the accent. LOL

    Here are some more posted on the Forum:

    pants or slacks are trousers in England
    sidewalks are the pavement in England
    subways are the Tube in England
    an under-road pedestrian crossing is a subway in England
    cookies are biscuits in England
    hood (of a car) is bonnet in England
    trunk (of a car) is boot in England
    freeway, Interstate, dual highway is motorway or dual carriageway in England
    toilet is the loo in England

    Fondest memory: When I think of London, I immediately think of those wonderful British military bands. We saw them at the Changing of the Guard and the Trooping of the Colors and reheasing for various functions. They look sharp and sound great. We were particularly impressed by the band on horseback. How do they play bouncing up and down like that?!?!?

    Changing of the Guard, London Rehearsing for Trooping of the Colors, London
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    London Bridge

    by kris-t Written Feb 27, 2011

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    Favorite thing: London Bridge is a bridge over the River Thames, connecting the City of London and Southwark.
    It was the only bridge over the Thames downstream from Kingston until Putney Bridge opened in 1729.

    The original London Bridge was a pontoon bridge.
    By the end of the 18th century, it was apparent that the old London Bridge (by then over 600 y.o.) needed to be replaced. The new bridge was built 100 feet (30 m) west (upstream) of the original site.
    By 1924, the east side of the bridge was some three to four inches (10.16 cm) lower than the west side; it soon became apparent that this bridge would have to be removed and replaced with a more modern one.

    Fondest memory: The current London Bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson.
    The bridge was constructed from 1967 to 1972, and opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 17 March 1973.

    London Bridge
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    World wide mail delivery and Internet

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Oct 17, 2010

    Favorite thing: In London more and more alternative mail companies are active. MAIL BOXES ETC is one of them. This company has over 2 dozen London branches.
    Most of the times the shop is very small, but offers all services. They also started given Internet access services at low rates.

    Mail Boxes Etc - Nottinghill Gate
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    Travel Innoculations, vaccinations, health advice

    by angiebabe Written Aug 2, 2010

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    Favorite thing: A number of countries have compulsory vaccinations to have been attended and certificates to show for it, such as Yellow Fever, and a number of countries just require for your own safety and common sense treatment such as Anti-Malarials while you are going to be there - Id been through all this rigamole when in Australia headed for China which certain areas, particularly in the southern, more tropical areas, are malaria zones - to which I chose to take Doxycycline tablets.

    For an upcoming trip to the middle of AFrica, Burundi, it was compulsory to have Yellow Fever shots and appropriate malaria treatment - shopping around found a wide variety of prices and accessiblity of these drugs - fortunately the 1st Contact group came up trumps for both price and for visiting times. 1st Contact is a company run by Antipodeans - you will see them advertise a lot throughout the TNT magazines (and online at www.TNT.com ) that one sees in help-yourself bins around London - so it was great to find they came tops for service and price and support them at it in the process.

    They have a centre in New Oxford Street which is easy enough to get to with tube stations and buses running close by and their opening hours are excellent allowing visits after a normal working day and are also open on Saturdays.

    The Travel Health Advisor I ended up with, Gail, who gave me my shots, was excellent - professional and reassuringly knowledgeable. Tfavel products were also for sale there - such as the latest, evidence based mosquito repellant sprays.

    Fondest memory: Castlewood House,
    77/91 New Oxford Street
    London
    WC1A 1DG

    www.1stcontact.co.uk

    ph 02077595437

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  • Thank you

    by aziljr Written Jul 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: Thanks guys,
    it's been very helpful. Yes, we are a family of three, with a teenage son and we are very active. :)

    One more question though. From the point of view of the Heathrow Express and general access to transport, which area is preferable? Again, I was recommended Paddington, but I guess there should be other options?

    Asil

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    Know more...!

    by Maputosimon Updated May 26, 2010

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    Fondest memory: I've learnt a lot about the history & culture of London. It's a real shame that people who call themselves Londoners don't even know this place well themselves! For example, did you know that London is actually two cities? The City of Westminster (where the politicians and spies are based), and the City of London (where the MONEY is made!).

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    Where to stay?

    by Durfun Written Mar 11, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Bayswater definitely is popular as it's near Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens. Lots of museums are pretty close-by in South Kensington. You could even walk to Victoria if you want! A wide range of prices possible in this area :)

    Soho/Chinatown (further east from Bayswater) is mainly a shopping & munching area, not near any 'sights' in particular, but not far Regent St/Oxford St, and landmarks like Eros in Piccadilly, Leicester Square cinemas, theatres, Covent Garden restaurants, etc.

    Pimlico is just South of Victoria, so good as a commuting location. Otherwise devoid of fun/action.

    If you venture slightly further East from Soho, eg Aldgate (near Tower of London) prices are lower, and still you're near tourist attractions, like the bridges, etc.

    Enjoy London :)

    Fondest memory: The history, the museums, art galleries, the architecture, multi-ethnicity, the list is endless....

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    Nov 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    More of a tip than a query for those using LSTN.
    I was looking for a special place to post this but couldn't find

    I was at Stansted yesterday and found that the road leading to the Forecourt area outside the main terminal is now permanently closed for free dropping of passengers.
    Everybody is "encouraged" to go to the "Express drop off point" in the main car parking area to drop off passengers.
    Beware that this costs £2 for 10 minutes and £3 for 15.
    To collect you can park normally for £2.80 for 20 mins and £5.40 up to 50 minutes.
    A awarden informed me that many more airports in the UK are talking about adopting this as I know Luton are already

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